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2023-2024

Music Event Schedule

All concerts are free to attend in-person. They are also live streamed and offered on-demand at GreatMusicLA.org. (Programs subject to change)

October 8 | 4:15 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James
James Buonemani, conductor

A uniquely Anglican service in the style of the great English Cathedrals at 4:15 PM. (Please note varying dates)

Richard Ayleward: Responses

William Mathias: Jesus College Canticles, Cambridge
William Harris: Faire is the Heaven
Rihards Dubra: Ave Maria

The Choir of Saint James is made up of amateur and professional adult musicians from the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Under the direction of Organist and Choirmaster James Buonemani since 1995, it is the first American choir to have sung in performance with the Choir of Westminster Abbey. The Choir of Saint James has been honored to serve three times as Westminster Abbey’s choir-in-residence during the months of August, 1999, 2006 and 2010. Inviting the Choir to return in the future, the Abbey Precentor, Deiniol Morgan, wrote “the quality of singing was exceptionally high and our worship was much enriched by your contribution.”

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October 15 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Martin Glicklich, flute & Friends

Breana Gilcher, oboe
Andrea Caputo, clarinet
Jonathan Stehney, bassoon
Emily Pesavento, horn

Music for Wind Quintet

Jacques Ibert: Trois pièces brèves
Darius Milhaud: La cheminée du roi René, Opus 205
Carl Nielsen: Quintet, Opus 43
Nino Rota: Petite offrande musicale

Martin Glicklich has enjoyed success as an educator, soloist, conductor, chamber and orchestral musician, and has been described as possessing dazzling virtuosity with an enchanting, singing sound. A native of Los Angeles, Martin received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in flute performance at the Thornton School of Music at USC under the tutelage of James Walker. He was given the Department of Music Award for Most Outstanding Doctoral Wind and Percussion Student. Previously, Martin had also studied with Walfrid Kujala at Northwestern University and  with Geraldine Rotella at California State University, Northridge.

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October 22 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
The Capitol Ensemble with
clarinetist Michele Zukovsky

Phillip Levy & Maya Magub, violins
Michael Larco, viola
Michael Kaufman, cello

Mozart:
String Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428

Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581

Noted for a sound which is “richly upholstered and well balanced,” the Capitol Ensemble is a unique group of musicians dedicated to the live performance of an eclectic range of repertoire, ranging from the Baroque to the 21st century. The members have collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned artists, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Neville Marriner, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Janos Starker, and Leonard Bernstein. The ensemble has given live broadcasts on National Public Radio, and has premiered and recorded new works by several California composers. Appearing regularly in L.A.’s concert halls, recording stages, and teaching at Southern California universities, they also perform as soloists and chamber musicians in many international festivals.

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October 29 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
International Laureates Organ Series
Thomas Ospital

Johann Sebastian Bach: Passacaglia, BWV 582
César Franck: Fantasie en La
Gabriel Fauré: Suite Pélleas et Mélisande (transc. Robilliard)
Olivier Messiaen: Dieu parmi nous (La Nativité du Seigneur)
Thomas Ospital: Improvisation

Titulaire of the grand organ at Saint-Eustache Church in Paris and Professor of Organ Interpretation and Harmony at the Paris National Conservatory of Music (CNSMDP), Thomas Ospital is a young artist who has quickly earned a place amongst the world’s finest concert organists.

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November 5 | 4:15 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

Bernard Rose: Responses

Herbert Howells: Collegium Regale Canticles
Philip Moore: O Quam Gloriosum
Ola Gjeilo: Second Eve

November 12 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Phillip Levy, violin
Tae Yeon Lim, piano

Fritz Kreisler
Tempo di Minuetto (In the style of Gaetano Pugnani)

W.A. Mozart
Violin Sonata in B-flat major, K. 454

Schumann
Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Opus 105

Franz Lehár
Hab’ ein blaues Himmelbett,” Serenade from the Operetta Frasquita

November 19 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Althea Waites, piano

Mozart: Fantasy and Fugue in C Major, K. 394
Margaret Bonds: Flamenco and Fugal Dance
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Three-Fours (Waltz Suite), Opus 71
Tania Leon: Momentum
Schubert: Sonata in A Minor, D. 784

Internationally acclaimed pianist Althea Waites has concertized extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a brilliant soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist. In addition to performances on concert stages around the world, she has also participated in numerous festivals as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and ensemble coach, including Aspen, Tanglewood, the Yale Summer Festival at Norfolk, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Idyllwild Arts Festival in Southern California and as guest artist for the National Arts Festival at Makhanda on the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

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November 26 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
YuEun Kim, violin & Sung Chang, piano

Brahms: Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Opus 100
Schubert: Fantasy in C Major, D. 934

Originally from South Korea, Violinist YuEun Gemma Kim started playing piano at age 5 and violin at 7, although she enjoyed singing Korean and American pop songs from the 80’s with her father the most. She moved to the US about 7 years ago to study at University of Southern California under the tutelage of violinist Midori Goto. She won first place in USC’s Solo Bach Competition and the Strings Concerto Competition, and was a semi-finalist at the Qingdao International Violin Competition (China) and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand). The most memorable competition was the Boulder International Competition: Art of Duo where she has won second prize in 2018.

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December 3 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Samuel Nebyu, violin & Jacopo Giacopuzzi, piano

Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Les Caquets. Rondo en Staccato
Beethoven: Sonata in A Major, Opus 47 “Kreutzer”
Jose White: La Jota Aragonesa, Opus 5

Ethiopian-Hungarian violinist Samuel Nebyu has performed as a soloist at international music festivals and venues such as the Musikverein,  Berlin Philharmonie Concert Hall, KKL in Lucerne, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, Verizon Hall and Perelman Theater in Philadelphia, Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, the Centre of Performing Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), Peles Castle in Romania, the Wiener Saal and Grosse Saal in Salzburg, Tel Aviv Museum of Arts, Crown Hall in Jerusalem, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Teatro Mayor in Colombia, Gran Teatro Nacional in Peru, and Astana Central Concert Hall in Kazakhstan.

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December 10 | 4:15 PM

Advent Service of Lessons and Carols
The Choir of Saint James

Patterned after the ever-popular service of Nine Lessons and Carols originating from King’s College, Cambridge, England, the Choir of Saint James offers this service on the Second Sunday of Advent.

Richard Marlow: Advent Responsory
Edward Bairstow: Let all mortal flesh keep silence
David Willcocks: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
James Buonemani: Vis aeternitatis
Will Todd: My Lord has come
William Mathias: Alleluya, a new work
Bob Chilcott: Shepherd’s Carol
Morten Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium

December 17 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Cristina Montes Mateo, harp & Friends

David Rejano Cantero, trombone
Susan Greenberg, flute
Judith Farmer, bassoon

Works by Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel, Frank Bennett, Bernard Andres, Salvador Brotons, and Gernot Wolfgang

Winner of the unanimously 1st Prize in the XII Edition of the “Torneo Internazionale di Musica” (Rome, 2006) and the unanimously 1st Prize in the International Harp Competition “V. Bucchi” (2009), Cristina Montes Mateo is recognized as one of the leading harpists of her generation throughout the world. She has also won top international prizes at the “Arpista Ludovico” International Harp Competition (2005), the “International Nippon Harp Contest” (2007), and the Concours International de Harpe “Lily Laskine” in Paris (2011); as well as numerous national harp solo competitions like the “Jeunesses Musicales” Competition (2003) or “Victor Salvi” Special Prize at the “Arpa Plus” Contest (2001).

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December 24 | Christmas Eve

No Concert this day

December 31 | New Year’s Eve

No Concert this day

January 7 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra
Vittorio Ponti, piano
Carlo Ponti, conductor

Dvorak: Nocturne in B Major, Opus 40
Stravinsky: Concerto in D Major for String Orchestra
Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052

Returning to Great Music at Saint James, the Los Angeles Virtuosi performs a Nocturne by Antonin Dvořák and Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto in D, followed by one of Bach’s most popular concertos featuring the solo debut of Vittorio Ponti. Founded in 2013 as a 501© (3) non-profit organization, the ensemble was formed on the core belief that an orchestra is a unique educational resource.

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January 14 | 4:15 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

William Smith: Responses
Herbert Howells: Gloucester Canticles
Paul Halley: Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee
Franz Biebl: Ave Maria

January 21 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
International Laureates Organ Series
Ryan Chan

Hailed for his “solid technique… imaginative programming… tasteful creativity in registering orchestral textures” (AGO Charleston Chapter), Ryan Chan is recognized as a versatile musician who specializes in organ and harpsichord.  His passions for both early and contemporary repertoire, performance practice, historic/antique keyboards, experimentation and teaching define his musical identity.  As a soloist and a chamber/orchestral player, he has performed in venues across the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.  He has been featured in festivals such as Piccolo Spoleto L’Organo, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Rochester Early Music Festival and Skaneateles Festival.

Marcel Dupré: Prelude and Fugue in B Major (from Op. 7)
Rachel Laurin: Hommage à Couperin, Op. 48 & Trumpet Tune, Op. 43, N0. 6
Saint-Saëns: Fantasie Nov. 2 in D-flat Major, Op. 101
Edwin Lamare: Carmen Fantasy
Connor Chee: Hózhó
Hina Sakamoto: Lullaby that releases me from reality
Maurice Duruflé: Toccata (from Suite, Op. 5)

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January 28 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Tae Yeon Lim, piano

Tae Yeon Lim is known for her powerful performance style, combining energetic delivery with an intelligent touch. Originally from South Korea, Tae currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is active as a pianist and conductor. Revealing a talent for music at a young age, she was selected as a soloist with the Sorisam Chamber Orchestra at 11 years old, performing Mozart’s Concert Rondo. She was also invited to perform in the prestigious Chosun Journal Young Artist Debut Series at Sejong Arts Hall, in Seoul.

Handel: Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430
Franck, arr. Bauer: Prélude, Fugue, et Variation, Opus 18
Frank Bridge: A Fairy Tale, H.128
Bach, arr. Busoni: Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, BWV 552, “St. Anne”
Bach, arr. Hess: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

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February 4 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Emerging Artists Series
Crossroads School EMMI Chamber Orchestra
Alexander Treger, conductor

The Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute (EMMI) is a renowned high school music program. In addition to the outstanding college preparatory academic offerings at Crossroads, EMMI students study music theory, harmony, analysis, counterpoint, rhythm and ear training at the conservatory/college level. Chamber Orchestra classes meet twice a week and culminate in four annual concerts. Chamber Music classes also meet twice a week, and ensembles are coached by prominent Los Angeles musicians, culminating in two concerts a year. Solo recitals are presented monthly.

Barber: Adagio for Strings
Elgar: Serenade for Strings, Opus 20
Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525

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February 11 | 4:15 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

William Byrd: Responses
Joe Twist: Winchester Canticles (U.S. premiere)
Vytautas Miškinis: Dum Medium Silentium
Chant: Ave Regina Caelorum

February 18 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Daniel Schlosberg & Inna Faliks, duo-pianists

Arvo Pärt: Pari Intervallo
Mahler, arr. Zemlinsky: Symphony No. 6, movements II and III
Schubert: Fantasie in F minor, D. 940

Daniel Schlosberg leads a kaleidoscopic musical life. He has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as featured soloist and in numerous chamber music concerts. He has a passion for contemporary music, collaborating frequently with Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion. He also gave the world premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s “Starlight Ribbons” for solo piano; the US premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s “Calices” (for violin and piano), and several sets of piano pieces by Stanley Walden. He was a founding member of Yarn/Wire, the lauded two piano/two percussion group.

“Adventurous and passionate” (The New Yorker) Ukrainian-born American pianist Inna Faliks has made a name for herself through her commanding performances of standard piano repertoire, as well genre-bending interdisciplinary projects, and inquisitive work with contemporary composers. After her acclaimed teenage debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has appeared on many of the world’s great stages in recital and with many major orchestras, performing with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Keith Lockhart and many others. Her recent seasons include performances at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, National Gallery in Washington DC, Chigiana Academy in Italy, as soloist with US orchestras nation-wide, and repeated tours of all the major venues in China. 

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February 25 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Duo Syncopa
Tomomi Sato, piano & Yue Qian, violin

Robert Schumann: Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Minor, Op. 30, No. 1
John Adams: Road Movies

Tomomi Sato and Yue Qian met during their time together at Juilliard and are continuing their collaboration as Duo Syncopa at USC.

Japanese pianist Tomomi Sato is a prizewinner of the 2013 Seattle International Piano Competition. As a solo and collaborative recitalist, she has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. 

Chinese violinist Yue Qian has performed worldwide with festival appearances at Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Heifetz International Music Institute, and Beijing Modern Festival. She is a silver medalist of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

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March 3 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Emerging Artists Series
The Colburn Sinfonietta
Maxim Eshkenazy, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”
Vivaldi:  Concerto in A minor for two violins and string orchestra

The Colburn Sinfonietta is an ensemble for advanced young musicians working alongside student and faculty soloists conducted by Maxim Eshkenazy, who also leads the Colburn Youth Orchestra and the Colburn Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra regularly appears on Great Music at Saint James’ Sundays at Six.

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March 10 | 4:15 PM

Solemn Evensong
Choir of Saint James

Scott Perkins: Responses (world premiere)
Ēriks Ešenvalds: Merton Canticles
Herbert Howells: Like as the hart
Cristóbal de Morales: Salve Regina

March 17 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
International Laureates Organ Series
Nicole Keller

Nicole Keller is in demand as a concert artist, adjudicator, and clinician.  She has concertized in the States and abroad in venues such as St. Patrick Cathedral, New York; Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Paris; Dom St. Stephan, Passau; St. Patrick Cathedral, Armagh, Northern Ireland; and The Kazakh National University for the Arts, Astana, Kazakhstan.  She specializes in eclectic programs suited to instrument and audience with a desire to expand the listener’s horizons, pairing familiar sounds and genres with less familiar ones.

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March 24 | 4:15 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
ICantori of Walla Walla University
Kraig Scott, conductor

Margaret Burk: Responses
Gabriel Jackson: Truro Canticles

Icantori (Italian: “the singers”) is the select choir of Walla Walla University, an auditioned group chosen from the 1,500-member student body, enjoys a history of touring that began in 1929.

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March 31 | Easter Sunday

No Concert this day

April 7 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
International Laureates Organ Series
Adam Brakel

Hailed as “an absolute organ prodigy” by National Public Radio and “one of the most talented organists in the world” by the Chicago Tribune, concert organist Adam J. Brakel is a preeminent artist “with the technique and virtuosity that most concert pianists could only dream of.” (NPR) 

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April 14 | 4:15 PM

Joby Talbot’s
PATH OF MIRACLES

Members of the Choir of Saint James & guests
Maura Tuffy, conductor

(Preferred front seating (free) is reserved for our Friends of Great Music)

Path of Miracles is an extended choral composition by Joby Talbot, written in 2005 following a commission from the vocal chamber group Tenebrae. Under the direction of Nigel Short, Tenebrae’s first performance was scheduled for 7 July 2005 in London, but was delayed because of the bombings that took place in the city that day. The City of London Festival quickly rescheduled the event, and the world premiere took place on 17 July 2005 at St. Bartholomew-the-Great Church in London.

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April 21 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Andrew Brownell, piano

Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze 
Granados: Valses poéticos

Since winning 2nd Prize at the 2006 Leeds Competition, Andrew Brownell has pursued an active and varied international performing career. Critics regularly remark on his creative programming and interpretive insight. Musical Opinion has described him as “potentially one of the most significant pianists of his generation”, and The Oregonian wrote that Brownell “impresses as much with his mind as with his hands… the anti-Lang Lang.”

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April 28 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Los Angeles Symphonic Winds
Stephen Piazza, conductor

Mozart: Wind Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major, K. 361/370a, “Gran Partita”

The Los Angeles Symphonic Winds are one of the most critically acclaimed and internationally recognized wind ensembles in the United States. Since 1983, the L.A. Winds have been a leading force in Southern California’s cultural community. Praising the Winds for their “dedication to the highest standard of musical excellence” former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote: “As one of the great cultural treasures of Los Angeles, your band has enchanted audiences with fantastic performances, elegant melodies and graceful harmonies.”

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May 5 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Emerging Artists Series
Honors Ensembles from the Colburn School’s
Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute

The Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute offers one of the most comprehensive and intense pre-college level chamber music learning experiences of any music school in North America. Students are coached weekly by members of the Colburn’s nationally acclaimed faculty.

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May 12 | 4:15 PM

Solemn Evensong
The Choir of Saint James

James Buonemani: Westminster Abbey Responses
Buonemani: St. James Canticles
Orlando Gibbons: O Clap Your Hands
Henryk Górecki: Totus Tuus

May 19 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
Pacific Trio

Roger Wilkie, violin
John Walz, cello
Edith Orloff, piano

Cassado: Trio
Ravel: Trio in A Minor

“Top string quartets pop up everywhere, but first-rate piano trios are rare. A concert by the Pacific Trio was a special treat, as the trio demonstrated in convincing manner, why it should be considered one of the best.”

So began the Los Angeles Times review of Pacific Trio’s debut. Each member has enjoyed a celebrated career on the international music scene, rich in recital, ensemble, and concerto performances.

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May 26 | 6:00 PM

Classical Sundays at Six
International Laureates Organ Series
Bruce Neswick

Bruce Neswick is the Artist in Residence at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla, CA, a position to which he was appointed in summer 2022. Prior to moving to California, he served as the Canon for Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, OR, Associate Professor of Music in Organ at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and Assistant Organist of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, Louisville, KY. He has also served as the Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and as Canon for Music at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta.

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Staff and Contact Information

St. James in-the-City
LOS ANGELES

The Reverend Dr. Kate Cress, Rector
3903 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California   90010

Email: GreatMusic@SaintJamesLA.org
GreatMusicLA.org

We are located in the Wilshire Center district of Los Angeles, two blocks west of Western Avenue. Ramp accessible.

Metro Purple LineWilshire/Western station, then walk two blocks west.



THE CHOIR OF SAINT JAMES

Jae Park, Assistant Conductor
Dr. Tom Mueller, Associate Organist
Canon James Buonemani, Artistic Director & Organist-Choirmaster

Bill Vestal, Artistic Director, Classical Sundays at Six

Justin Baker-Rojas, Production Manager
Megan Dillon, Marketing & Production Coordinator
Adolfo Angulo, Program Coordinator
Michael Macapagal, House Manager
Richie Guerra, Video Producer
Patty Reyes, Video Operator
Dennis Bade
, Program Host

Pandemic Protocols

We our commited to provide as safe an environment as possible. The wearing of face masks is optional but may become mandatory if required by pandemic protocols. Proof of vaccination or boosters is no longer required, but highly recommended.

Please come and enjoy our concerts free of charge. Seating is available at full capacity on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets are no longer required.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Parking

Free Parking is available across from the front of the church at 3926 Wilshire Blvd.

DIRECTIONS FOR FREE PARKING:

IF DRIVING NORTH ON ST. ANDREWS AWAY FROM WILSHIRE: Turn left on 6th street; Turn left on Wilton Pl; Turn left on Wilshire; When arriving at 3926 Wilshire Blvd, turn into driveway and gate will automatically open. Park anywhere.This is the front entrance labeled “Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles.”

IF DRIVING SOUTH ON ST. ANDREWS TOWARD WILSHIRE: Turn left on Wilshire, then an immediate right onto St. Andrew’s Place; Turn right on Ingraham; Turn right on S. Wilton Pl.; then turn right on Wilshire Blvd. When arriving at 3926 Wilshire Blvd, turn into driveway and gate will automatically open. Park anywhere.This is the front entrance labeled “Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles.”

PLEASE EXIT NO LATER THAN 7:30 PM, OR YOU WILL BE LOCKED IN!!

International Laureates Organ Series

We invite you to experience great organ music played on the David John Falconer Memorial Organ (originally built in 1911 for St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Los Angeles, by Murray M. Harris). Comprising over 5,000 pipes in total, the organ is an important part of Los Angeles musical history and takes its place among the country’s most important and magnificent instruments.

We celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the rebuilding of this magnificent pipe organ at St. James Church as well as the launching of our series Great Music at Saint James. The International Laureates Organ Series was established in 1996 by a grant from the Ahmanson Foundation which continues its support today. The series has welcomed over 150 of the most distinguished organists from throughout the world.

Presented this season under the umbrella of Classical Sundays at Six, the International Laureates Organ Series welcomes American organists Nicole Keller, Adam Brakel and Bruce Neswick, as well as international artists Ryan Chan (Hong Kong) and Thomas Ospital (France).

These recitals are offered as a gift to the community free of charge, and we are grateful to the Ahmanson Foundation and our Friends of Great Music for their continuing support. Free. Donations accepted.

For a list of concert organists who have performed on the International Laureates Organ Series (funded by a generous grant from the Ahmanson Foundation) please visit STJLA.org/artists.

Classical Sundays at Six

Beginning in 1948 at Exposition Park under the name “Sundays Live,” Classical Sundays at Six is now presented at St. James in-the-City as part of our broader offerings of Great Music at Saint James. It is the oldest continuing chamber music series in Southern California. Offered from October through May at 6 PM, Classical Sundays at Six features chamber, orchestral, and solo artists from Southern California and around the globe streaming live and on-demand. We are pleased to have Classical Sundays at Six incorporate two “Emerging Artists” programs from the Colburn School as well as one from the Crossroads School. In addition, five programs from the International Laureates Organ Series feature world-class concert organists playing our historic Murray M. Harris Organ. Together with the Choir of Saint James featured in our series of Evensongs, Great Music at St. James continues to make St. James in-the-City an inspirational concert destination from October through May. Free. Donations accepted.

Solemn Evensong

The semi-professional Choir of Saint James distinguished itself in 1996 as the first American Choir to have sung in performance with the Choir of Westminster Abbey, London. They have since completed four tours of the British Isles and are pleased to offer the Los Angeles community the uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on selected Sundays each month at 4:15 PM.

We are pleased to host ICantori from Walla Walla University (Washington) to present a special Palm Sunday Evensong on March 24.

Please also note that April’s evensong will be replaced with a special performance of Joby Talbot’s PATH OF MIRACLES. A pilgrimage in composition, Path of Miracles is a musical journey, as the four movements represent the four main posts along the Camino de Santiago, one of Christendom’s most famous pilgrimage routes. This acclaimed work incorporates musical styles ranging from the Taiwanese Bunun people and the pilgrims’ hymn Dum Pater Familias to contemporary minimalism and other modern idioms. Members of the Choir of Saint James with guests will sing this work under the direction of guest conductor Maura Tuffy.

Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols

Patterned after the ever-popular service of Nine Lessons and Carols originating from King’s College, Cambridge, England, the Choir of Saint James offers this service on the Second Sunday of Advent, December 10, 2023. It will feature the following music:

Richard Marlow: Advent Responsory
Edward Bairstow: Let all mortal flesh keep silence
David Willcocks: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
James Buonemani: Vis aeternitatis
Will Todd: My Lord has come
William Mathias: Alleluya, a new work
Bob Chilcott: Shepherd’s Carol
Morten Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium

Friends of Great Music

We are grateful to our Friends of Great Music whose support has made our musical offerings possible. If you are not already a Friend of Great Music at St James, please consider becoming one.

Your tax-deductible gift will be acknowledged in all our Evensong, Organ Recital, and Classical Sundays at Six programs (unless otherwise requested).

Special thanks to the Ahmanson Foundation (major support given to the International Laureates Organ Series) and to the Colburn Foundation (major support given to Classical Sundays at Six) for their leadership grants.

To make your contribution, please visit stjla.org/musicfriends. You can also contribute by sending a check made payable to Great Music at St. James and mailed to

Great Music at St. James
St. James Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA   90010

Thank you!

Archangel – $5,000
Angel – $2,500
Sustaining Sponsor – $1,000
Benefactor – $500
Patron – $250
Associate – $125
Contributor – $65
Donor – $25